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Artist's reception at Great Neck Arts Gallery

Fareen Butt created this piece titled MIRAGE HIMALAYA,

Fareen Butt created this piece titled MIRAGE HIMALAYA, from gemstones (minerals) and pigment, 2010. Credit: Great Neck Arts Center/

Whether you’re into abstract art or just interested in something a little different, you’ll want to view the work of artist Fareen Butt, who will be exhibiting “Mirage Mountainscapes: Gemstone Paintings” at the Great Neck Arts Center Galley (113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-829-2570,, free).

Butt’s work involves covering the canvas with stones and gems and then painting over them. Butt, who has lived all over the world, now lives in New Jersey.

“These are materials you don't usually associate with paintings. It makes you want to reach out and touch them,” says staffer Jonathan Hutchins, who assisted with installing the exhibit.

Butt, who also uses precious metal in these works, was influenced by sacred and religious sites and cultures around the world. She has worked with these techniques for at least seven years and has used gold, silver, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, sapphires, onyx and other gems in her work.

The exhibit opens Sunday with an artist's reception from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

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